Four Reasons to Earn an Online Certificate
The marketplace is competitive and many job seekers are
endeavoring to gain an inside edge. One potential path?
Enrolling in a certificate program. In fact, certificate programs
are the fastest-growing credential, according to Inside Higher
Education. Wondering how a certificate can help you get
ahead? Read on for a roundup of four reasons to invest in
an online certificate, along with why studying it online – and
with UCI, in particular – is especially advantageous.
1. You'll be more
competitive in the
Today's job market is fierce, and landing a job can be a
difficult prospect. A certificate can help you position yourself
above the pack. A peek into the hiring process in a recent
report shows that “hiring managers default to saying ‘no,’
and that's reinforced over and over again by terrible job
applications.” The numbers and percentages of qualified
applicants for jobs is telling – a certificate further enhances
your qualifications and will likely make your application
look more appealing to hiring managers.
Online certificate programs are transforming the learning
experience: “They aren't designed to be a replacement for a
degree, but they allow professionals to learn new skills to
move them ahead in their careers, get them up to speed in a
new field, or meet state licensing requirements,” writes Ginger
Dean for Forbes. There is no doubt a certificate won't hurt
you – in fact it might give you the edge you need, especially
in such a competitive job market.
2. Lifelong learning is a
must in today's world.
Learning is the key to ongoing relevancy in the fast-moving
marketplace. Employers recognize that investing in your
education and skill set is necessary at every stage (and at
every age) of a person's career. Everyone else thinks so too,
as, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, “87%
of workers believe it will be essential for them to get training
and develop new skills throughout their work life in order to
keep up with changes in the workplace.”
Depending on your industry, or field of work, a certificate can
keep you up-to-speed on the latest innovations and changes,
while simultaneously making you more employable, and also
a valued asset and expert for your company or organization.
Adelia Cellini Linecker for Investors.com offers excellent
advice. “Perhaps,” she writes, “the best way to approach any
career change is to acknowledge that demand shifts rapidly
and to plan accordingly.”
An online certificate can give you the skills and certification
you need to stay relevant, especially if you find yourself
post-graduation or as a non-traditional student, going back
to school, and continuing education after a leave of absence,
maternity leave, or even with just a desire to change your
3. You'll have full control
over your schedule.
What's so special about studying online? The flexibility can't
be beaten: log on and learn anytime, anywhere. Fitting in both
advancing your studies and gaining more relevant experience,
along with other commitments in life, can be tough in this
fast-paced modern society. The best thing about earning your
certificate online is that you can learn at your own pace, and
on your own time.
“Online education has opened up training opportunities to
many who were traditionally underserved by higher education
institutions. By shortening the commute to simply a walk to
the computer, providing the opportunity to study when you're
feeling your best, letting students learn when their children
are occupied or napping, and allowing frequent travelers to
study no matter where they are, convenient online training
has made it possible for nearly anyone to go back to school,”
writes one blogger for Careerstep.com.
4. UCI Division of
is setting the standard.
When it comes to online certificate programs, UCI DCE leads
the way in helping people leverage the many benefits of
online credentialing. As the continuing education arm of the
University of California, Irvine – an institution ranked in the
top ten public schools in the United States by the U.S. News
and World Report – UCI DCE is committed to advancing
continuing education through innovative, world-class
education that blends theory and practice.
There are a wide range of certificate programs, specialized
studies, and special courses available in such subject areas
as business, technology, education, law, finance, engineering,
healthcare, and more. The online learning format provides
flexibility and convenience to learners no matter where they
live or work.
Enrolling is easy and is done on a course-by-course basis.
Students can pick and choose the courses they want, and
enroll. It's that simple! Enrolling in the entire certificate
program is not required. Courses are facilitated by expert
instructors who help guide you through the curriculum,
and towards certificate completion.
There are also ample networking opportunities available
with other learners who share the same academic interests.
Advancing your career, learning specialized skills, investing in
your future, has never been so readily accessible. And, the
best thing is that it's all possible without ever leaving the
comfort of your own home!
Certificates can offer you an amazing lifelong career advantage,
and UCI DCE is positioned to help you get the most out
of the increasingly popular choice of online certificates.
To view all of the certificates available, visit ce.uci.edu/certificates